Operation Kaveri: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Friday morning that the 10th batch with 135 Indian nationals arrived in Jeddah on an IAF C-130J flight. Explain that Operation Kaveri has been started by the Government of India to evacuate the Indians trapped in violence-hit Sudan.
According to official numbers, India has evacuated around 2000 people from the conflict zone. Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted, IAF C-130J flight with 135 passengers leaves 10th batch of evacuees from Port Sudan for Jeddah.
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The ninth batch of Indians left for Jeddah with 326 passengers from Port Sudan. Earlier Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan updated that the 8th batch of Indian nationals were safely evacuated from Sudan and brought to Jeddah airport. The batch consisted of 121 persons, including family members of Indian Embassy officials.
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IAF C 130 J
Welcome to the safe hands.#OperationKaveri pic.twitter.com/GftjRG1aDK
— V. Muraleedharan (@MOS_MEA) April 28, 2023
Minister of State for External Affairs Muraleedharan said that the 8th batch of 121 Indians were airlifted from Wadi Sidna, Sudan to Jeddah. The evacuation was more complicated because Wadi Sidna surrounds the capital Khartoum. Family members of our Embassy officials were also part of this group.
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According to the website of the Indian Embassy in Khartoum, there were about 2,800 Indian nationals in Sudan. Along with this there was also a settled Indian community of about 1,200 people, which has been in the country for about 150 years. The armed forces are working tirelessly to evacuate all Indian citizens from the conflict-torn region. The Sudanese armed forces on Friday announced the extension of a ceasefire in the conflict zone for another 72 hours.